Ola Ullsten

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Ola Ullsten
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28th Prime Minister of Sweden
In office
18 October 1978 – 12 October 1979
(359 days)
Monarch Carl XVI Gustaf
Deputy Sven Romanus
Preceded by Thorbjörn Fälldin
Succeeded by Thorbjörn Fälldin
Minister for Foreign Affairs
In office
12 October 1979 – 8 October 1982
(2 years, 361 days)
Prime Minister Thorbjörn Fälldin
Preceded by Hans Blix
Succeeded by Lennart Bodström
Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden
In office
1 August 1980 – 8 October 1982
(2 years, 68 days)
Prime Minister Thorbjörn Fälldin
Preceded by Ingemar Mundebo
Succeeded by Ingvar Carlsson
In office
7 March 1978 – 18 October 1978
(225 days)
Prime Minister Thorbjörn Fälldin
Preceded by Per Ahlmark
Succeeded by Sven Romanus
Personal details
Born (1931-06-23) 23 June 1931 (age 85)
Umeå, Västerbotten County
Political party Liberal People's Party
Spouse(s) Evi Esko (m. 1961; div. 1981)
Louise Beaudoin (m. 1989)
Children With Evi Esko:
Maria Ullsten
Katarina Ullsten
With Louise Beaudoin:
Nicolas Beaudoin-Ullsten
Christian Beaudoin-Ullsten

Stig Kjell Olof (Ola) Ullsten (born 23 June 1931) is a Swedish politician and diplomat who was Prime Minister of Sweden from 1978 to 1979 and leader of the Liberal People's Party from 1978 to 1983.[1] He also served as Deputy Prime Minister briefly in 1978 and then again from 1980 to 1982 and served as Minister for Foreign Affairs from 1979 to 1982.

Background and early career[edit]

Ullsten was born in Teg, Västerbotten, a small town that would ultimately be annexed as a part of county capital Umeå. He is the son of forestry inspector Carl Augustinus Ullsten and schoolteacher Stina (née Rörström).[2] Ullsten joined the Liberal Youth of Sweden and the People's Party in the spring of 1958.[3]

In his youth he made several travels to the United States, and in 1959 took an active part in the successful campaign to elect liberal republican Nelson Rockefeller governor of New York. He served as the head of the Liberal Youth of Sweden between 1962 and 1964 and was elected to parliament in 1964.

Ministerial and political appointments[edit]

Upon the formation of the first non-socialist government in Sweden in 40 years, 1976, he was appointed Minister for International Development. Upon the resignation of Liberal Party leader Per Ahlmark in 1978, Ullsten was elected party leader.

Prime Minister of Sweden[edit]

Upon the downfall of the center-right government the same year, he succeeded to the post of Prime Minister of Sweden the same year, heading a minority government consisting of Liberal party and independent ministers. The breakup mainly consisted of disagreements over energy policy. After the successful survival of the coalition in the 1979 parliamentary elections he resigned as prime minister in favor of Thorbjörn Fälldin, his predecessor.

Later career[edit]

He then went on to serve as Minister for Foreign Affairs under the new three-party government of Thorbjörn Fälldin from 1979 to 1982. He has later served as the Swedish Ambassador to Canada, also accredited to The Bahamas from 1984 to 1989 and Italy, also accredited to Albania from 1989 to 1995.[4]

Personal life[edit]

In 1961 he married Evi Esko (born 1931), daughter of teacher Roman Esko and the teacher Elsa Tammik.[5] They divorced and Ullsten later married Louise Y Beaudoin (born 1954).[4]


  • Folkpartiet och reformerna : liberala riksdagsinitiativ 1902-1960 (1960)
  • Guide-lines for international development co-operation (1978)
  • Liberaler om utveckling (1978)
  • Sweden and the developing countries (1979)
  • Vad ska vi göra med kulturpolitiken? : anföranden och kommentarer kring den svenska kulturpolitikens "fem-årsdag" (1979)
  • Lättsinnet i siffror : en sammanfattning av socialdemokraternas ställningstaganden till de 15 viktigaste besparingsförslagen (1982)
  • Kämpande liberalism : anförande (1982)
  • Ola Ullsten : partiledaren, demokraten, internationalisten, folkpartisten, statsministern, idédebattören (1983)
  • Så blev det (2013)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ola Ullsten". Nationalencyklopedin (in Swedish). Retrieved 9 May 2010. 
  2. ^ Bergstrand, Mats; Bergstrand, Mats; Ohlsson, Per T. (2010). Ola Ullsten. Sveriges statsministrar under 100 år ; 18 (in Swedish). Stockholm: Bonnier. pp. 15–16. ISBN 9789100119744. LIBRIS 11859245. 
  3. ^ Ahlmark, Per (2011). Gör inga dumheter medan jag är död!: memoarer (in Swedish). Stockholm: Atlantis. p. 307. ISBN 978-91-7353-470-3. LIBRIS 12142631. 
  4. ^ a b Uddling, Hans; Paabo, Katrin, eds. (1992). Vem är det: svensk biografisk handbok. 1993 [Who is it: Swedish biographical handbook. 1993] (in Swedish). Stockholm: Norstedt. p. 1127. ISBN 91-1-914072-X. 
  5. ^ Lagerström, Sten, ed. (1968). Vem är det: svensk biografisk handbok. 1969 [Who is it: Swedish biographical handbook. 1969] (in Swedish). Stockholm: Norstedt. p. 978. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Thorbjörn Fälldin
Prime Minister of Sweden
Succeeded by
Thorbjörn Fälldin
Preceded by
Hans Blix
Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Lennart Bodström
Party political offices
Preceded by
Per Ahlmark
Leader of the Swedish Liberal People's Party
Succeeded by
Bengt Westerberg
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Kaj Björk
Ambassador of Sweden to Canada
Succeeded by
Håkan Berggren
Preceded by
Kaj Björk
Ambassador of Sweden to The Bahamas
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Sven Fredrik Hedin
Ambassador of Sweden to Italy
Succeeded by
Torsten Örn
Preceded by
Jan af Sillén
Ambassador of Sweden to Albania
Succeeded by
Torsten Örn